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Numbness / Tingling in Arms
How Upper Cervical Care Relates to
Numbness / Tingling in Arms
Numbness and tingling down the arms and legs, also known as paresthesia, can also include symptoms such as pain, burning, pricking, pins and needles, or creeping along the skin. Chronic paresthesia generally indicates a malfunction of sensory nerves and may occur in conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, spinal nerve compression (radiculopathy,) Restless Leg Syndrome and Multiple Sclerosis.
The purpose of upper cervical care is to correct cervical spine mechanics that are irritating spinal cord tracts and nerve roots that extend down the arms as well as down the spinal cord to the legs.1-15 While many sufferers of numbness, tingling, and pain in their arms and legs recall specific traumas such as head injuries, auto accidents or falls, which could have injured their spines, some do not. An evaluation is necessary in each individual's case to assess whether an upper cervical injury is present and whether benefit from upper cervical care can be achieved.
Research Articles and Publications
- "Whiplash: Information For Drivers, Pedestrians, and Athletes" by Erin Elster, DC. The Atlas Files. June 2000.
- "Healthy and Well-Adjusted" By Cindy Schumacher, Maui Weekly, December 2013
- "A Unique Approach for 'Surfers' Neck'" By Erin Elster, DC, Lahaina News, March 26, 2015
- "Get Your Head On Straight" By Erin Elster, DC, Lahaina News, March 31, 2016
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- Hamer AJ, Gargan MF, Bannister GC. Whiplash injury and surgically treated cervical disc disease. Injury 1993 Sep; 24(8): 549-50.
- Ide M, Ide J, Yamaga M. Symptoms and signs of irritation of the brachial plexus in whiplash injuries. J Bone Joint Surg Br 2001 Mar; 83(2): 226-9.
- Roquer J, Herraiz J, Maso E. Carpal tunnel syndrome and cervical whiplash. Neurologia 1988 Sep-Oct; 3(5): 202-3.
- Critelli N. Head injury-cervical strain-carpal tunnel syndrome-a videotaped evidence deposition of plaintiff's neurosurgeon-direct and cross-examination. Med Trial Tech Q 1982 Summer; 29(1): 114-36.
- Lindgren KA. TOS (thoracic outlet syndrome)-a challenge to conservative treatment. Nord Med 1997 Oct; 112(8): 283-7.
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